What Information Is in Horse Racing Programs?


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Horsing racing programs contain stats about the horses in the race, including information about past performance, post position at the gate, lifetime race record and race-day medications. Programs also inform betters about the track conditions, trainer, and jockey.

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What Information Is in Horse Racing Programs?
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Horse racing programs contain individual sections for each horse. Each listing is broken into two main sections, with the horse information at the top and past performance data at the bottom.

For betters, the most important information in the program is the past performance data. This section contains details about the training workouts and the amount of time that has passed since the horse's last race. It also provides details about the horse's performance in his most recent race, including starting position and final results. The past performance section helps readers understand the factors that impacted race performance: the total weight carried, starting position, track conditions and the number of horses involved.

Individual listings in the racing program also contain details about the horse and rider. The horse's name appears in large, bold text. Clustered around the name, readers can find the program betting number, the line odds and the saddle cloth color. Jockey information, including stats, weight and silks, sits to the right of the horse name.

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